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Tuesday, October 05, 2004


Of PR Cards::Genuine, Fake and None



::Yesterday's Star carried two items concerning PR[Permanent Resident]. The first was on the revoking of PR status of 16 suspected JI[Jemaah Islamiah] members by the Home MINIstry. According to the spokesman the decision to grant PR status is very strict and similarly the decision to revoke is also very stringent. Among the 16 whose PR status have been revoked are alleged terror mastermind Hambali, a senior JI operative currently detained by the US authorities, and Dadang @ Abu Yusuf, believed to be a member of the JI central command. When questioned how Indonesian JI members had managed to become PR here, Home Minister Datuk Azmi Khalid said there must have been some merit to their applications for the then Home Minister to grant them PR status.

Now take a look at these two letters to the Star, one sent in by a PR applicant and the other from the spouse of another PR applicant ::


Still Waiting of Penang has been in this country for 13 years and has 3 Malaysian children. She has been given the run-a-round and now thinks that it is not that difficult after all to get PR status if you are willing to pay the price.
Mary Tan of KL has a spouse who has been in Malaysia for 13 years and also 3 Malaysian children. His application has also not been successful so far, this has prompted her to say the following::
This PR application makes me feel like I am a Malaysian professional not wanted in my own country.
On top of that, I have to live in envy listening to my Indonesian cobbler bragging about his receiving his Malaysian citizenship with his whole family, his Indonesian wife included.


Reading their letters, one finds it difficult to understand why the Home MINIstry is unable to find even 'some merit' in their applications for PR status.

Now there are further reports in the Star of Fake PRs for sale and there's Datuk Michael Chong who is 'shocked by apparent sale of PR cards'. From the reports it appears that fake PR cards can be bought for some RM30,000 and Datuk Chong has also discovered that there are 'genuine' PR cards for sale too! Now looking at what a Singaporean called Marlisa, who has been applying for a PR, has to say regarding her helpful politician neighbour, one smells a rat and would consider the the sales of fake and genuine PR cards would have insiders involved.

Now wouldn't it be nice if the MINIster would let Still Waiting and Mary Tan know what they need to do to gain some merit points. For with their prolonged wait and being given the run-a-round, one can understand if they may eventually succumb or be forced to consider other options like purchasing PR cards from the racketeers.



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